Former EUBC European Youth Champions Mikhailov and Pinchuk impressed in the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament16 April 2018
The thirteenth edition of the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament was held in Kherson, Ukraine in the recent days. Ukraine’s former EUBC European Youth Champions as Vladyslav Mikhailov and Konstantyn Pinchuk both won their weight classes in the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament.
Kherson is located in South Ukraine in the delta of Dnieper river, and the city is the host of the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament since 2006. Besides to the European countries Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the host of the next Asian Games Indonesia also sent boxers to the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament.
Ukraine topped the team rankings with their seven gold medals, Kazakhstan was the runner-up and Indonesia became the third in the medal standings. Altogether 75 elite male boxers attended in the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament and 10 champions have been crowned in Kherson.
The first final was won by Kazakhstan’s Zhandos Nesipzhan who defeated Indonesia’s President’s Cup winner Mario Kali at the light flyweight (49kg) in Kherson. The 20-year-old Kazakh boxer competed in the Semen Trestin Memorial Tournament last July and returned to Ukraine in top shape.
The second title was achieved by Ukraine’s EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships competitor Andriy Tishkovets who exceeded the previous expectations with his strong performance against Kazakhstan’s Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner Zhandos Nesipzhan in the final of the flyweight (52kg).
Zhan Haspariants represented Ukraine at the light flyweight (49kg) in the Zagreb 2014 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. Since then the 21-year-old boxer moved up three categories and his skills were enough to beat a more experienced rival, Dmytro Chernyak in the final of the lightweight (60kg).
Artem Soloviov was member of the youth national team of Ukraine previously and claimed silver medal in the Yerevan 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The welterweight (69kg) boxer was technically better in the final than Myroslav Ishchenko-Kapuler who competed for Ukraine until 2015 but he changed to Israel one year ago.
Ukraine’s Dmytro Shcherbina eliminated Moldova’s Andrei Vremea in the semi-final of the middleweight (75kg) and shocked the main favourite Dmytro Rybalka in the gold medal bout of the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament. Ukraine’s Vladyslav Mikhailov won the gold medal at the Rotterdam 2013 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and his experiences were enough to solve all tactical jobs against Maksim Kots in the final of the light heavyweight (81kg).
Konstantyn Pinchuk put himself into the spotlight when he won the heavyweight (91kg) at the 2014 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Zagreb. The 21-year-old Ukrainian was amazing against his experienced teammates as Artem Usyk and National Champion Dmytro Lisovyi therefore he was celebrated his title in Kherson.
Ukrainian National Universiade winner Artur Sargsyan worked well against Kazakhstan’s Nurbolat Sermakhanov in the final of the super heavyweight (+91kg) and captured the last title of the event. Moldova’s AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor Aleksei Zavatin claimed only bronze medal in the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament.